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Ubaldo Jimenez and his mama

May 5, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

Ubaldo Jimenez headshot.jpgGuys usually get mocked if they live with their mamas at age 26.  This is not the case if you are 6-0 with 0.87 ERA and a no-hitter under your belt:

Ramona Garcia de Jimenez spends baseball
season just as she has the past 26 years, taking care of her son,
Rockies ace pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, and her family. Whether she’s
cooking rice in the LoDo loft, or roasting a goat at the family compound
in the Dominican Republic, la mama calls the culinary pitches.

Her big-league ballplayer son likes to have her with him, she says,
to wash his clothes and cook the food he likes.

This is from the Denver Post’s food section, so there’s lots of talk about the stuff Mama Jimenez cooks for her pequenito, as she calls Ubaldo.  After reading it, I can’t help but wonder if Rockies players aren’t constantly trying to get invites to Jimenez’s place for lunch before heading to the ballpark.

  1. Old Gator - May 5, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Cooking a goat? Hmmm…have a look at its windpipe next time it rotates around the spit with its feet sticking up. It’d be interesting to see if mama…cooks…a goat before each of his starts. Frankly, I’d be interested to know how many goats she cooked the night before his no-hitter. Do they play drums and chant during dinner? And did she scrawl any weird inscriptions in the upholstery of his spanking new Borgia Lamprey? Did she maybe sprinkle some weird powder on Hanley Ramirez’ “342” amulet a couple of weeks ago? This sure does sound strange….

  2. Charles Gates - May 5, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Roasted goat? I’ve yet to encounter an animal I didn’t enjoy eating. Though, to the best of my recolection, I don’t think I’ve had goat. I guessing it’s something like lamb, but a little gamier.
    Craig, you’ll win 5 internet points if you can find a way to use that first tag again.

  3. Alan - May 5, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Goat is absolutely delicious. Not gamie at all. It depends on how it is prepared. We have it in a stew or barbeque it. Just in case some of you people don’t know this but some of the best cheeses in the world come from goat. You will find goat in many of the best restaurants in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

  4. Roger Moore - May 5, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    It’s probably a kid rather than a full grown goat, since a full grown goat would be a lot of meat. Goat is popular in a lot of Latin cooking, and it’s delicious if you don’t mind stronger flavored meat. It’s very popular in authentic Mexican places (ask for the birria), and whole roast kid is a traditional Christmas and Easter food in many Spanish speaking countries.

  5. Yeti Monster - May 5, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    Jerk goat is pretty good, as is goat head soup. Both can usually be found at your local Jamaican restaurant.

  6. The Rabbit - May 6, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    There was a similar article last season about Vlad and his mother. Vlad’s mom would pack his car daily with crockpots full of food for the team. It was reported that both the Angels and the visiting team would grab plates for her chicken and rice.

  7. frank pepe - May 6, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    vlad guerrero style

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